Examples of 909
Where does 909 come from?
The 909 area code started service in Southern California in 1992. It overlaps parts of four major counties, including San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside, though it’s mostly centered around the city of San Bernardino.
In 2004, many phone numbers were split from area code 909 and reassigned to the 951 area code that covers neighboring Riverside, California.
By 2017, due to an expanding population in the region, the 909 area code was nearly out of available phone numbers, with a new area code slated within the current 909 area by late 2018.
Who uses 909?
909, of course, is used in actual telephone numbers. The geographic area the 909 area code covers is sometimes called the 909 and people who live there, 909ers.
909 can be used with pride …
Lol idk bout this. I rep SoCal 909 the city but Northern California is dope I can’t front….still SoCal till the death of me doe 😂🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/FNXfmdNKOE
— JoJo (@Jojo99_6) March 18, 2018
… or, more often, disparagement, as residents in SoCal’s wealthier coastal communities sometimes use 909 to insult people from San Bernardino and inland Southern California more generally as “backwater” and “white trash”:
Way to go,Leah! Yes! On to the finals,909er! Proud of you. https://t.co/O0te2gUcuY
— PacificSouthwest71 (@SoCal9233) February 12, 2017
A 909er’s local beach pic.twitter.com/efYqQlvcjW
— JWII (@john___west) July 18, 2015
They’re not cooking meth in midtown. That’s what the 909 is for. JTTF don’t do DEA dirty work. I’ll wait for the release.
Someone squealed. https://t.co/6o4zff9zbM
— Bryan Suits, Not California Compliant (@darksecretplace) June 9, 2017
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